|Review: Rosae Crucis - Fede Potere Vendetta|
|Fede Potere Vendetta|
Label: Jolly Roger Records
Year released: 2009
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: July 11, 2010
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:Fede Potere Vendetta
I quite liked this band's 2003 album Worms of the Earth, but I missed their follow-up, the hard-to-find Il Re Del Mondo. I admit I was interested to see what the band was up to after all this time, as their debut showed some serious potential in the Wotan/Wizard vein of speedy epic metal.
One change is that Rosae Crucis no longer sing in anything but Italian, which I myself find a bit of a drawback, though others may not. With melodic metal I just like to know what they are singing, but I will gladly overlook that if the music kicks ass, which this music does not really do. A big problem is the production, which relegates the guitars to an extremely weak background noise and does nothing to give the songs any oomph or presence. The vocals and drums are mixed comparatively too loud, and so when you are trying to hear the riffs, all you hear is bashing and yelling. Vocalist Guiseppe Cialone has not really improved from the old days, instead obsessively avoiding actual singing with intonations, yells, multi-tracked shouts, and growls. If he would stop fucking around and sing, he might sound good, I can't really tell.
Some of the riffs here are solid, but the recording is so weak it's like the band doesn't really want you to pay attention to them. The lead tone especially it so feeble it can barely be heard. This album would sound so much better with a decent recording job, but it still would be fairly generic speed metal with overwrought vocals. Disappointing.
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